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The Doubt Factory: A page-turning thriller of dangerous attraction and unscrupulous lies by [Bacigalupi, Paolo]
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Length: 488 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 9 Up—Alix Banks lives a cushy life in a rich, mostly white, Connecticut suburb. She attends a prestigious private high school, is loved by her parents, and gets along with her ADHD younger brother. Her privileged world is shattered when her school is attacked by the enigmatic renegade 2.0, who appears to be stalking her. Alix's father is well connected, and soon the house is swarming with security professionals, including Alix's own personal bodyguard. But that doesn't protect her from a terrifying encounter with 2.0, whose real name is Moses Cruz, and the other members of his multicultural band of teen rebels. Moses tells Alix that her father's company, Banks Strategy Partners—otherwise known as the Doubt Factory—was the lead defense consultant for several major corporations that produced faulty drugs and other products that caused countless people to die. Alix's love for her father conflicts with her growing anxiety that Moses may be telling the truth. Is her devoted dad really a killer? Uncertainty causes Alix to do some investigating on her own and forces her to make a fateful decision. Bacigalupi's characters are clearly drawn and believable. This gripping, outstanding contemporary story cites actual cases of corporate greed, which adds realism to the plot. Suspense builds at a steady pace, leading to increasingly dramatic plot twists and a climax that will leave readers' hearts pounding. Some swearing and mention of drugs and sex make this suitable for older readers.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

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Praise for The Doubt Factory:

A 2015 Edgar Award Nominee
A 2015 Locus Award Nominee
A Winter 2014-2015 Kids' Indie Next List Book


* "[A] provocative thriller.... Fans of Cory Doctorow's work should love this book."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"From the opening pages, this is an action-packed thriller with the FBI, secret service, thousands of rats, a kidnapping, and a little romance.... Bacigalupi scores again."―Library Media Connection, starred review

"A suspenseful, page-turning yarn.... Bound to provoke thought."―Kirkus Reviews

"This gripping, outstanding contemporary story... builds at a steady pace, leading to increasingly dramatic plot twists and a climax that will leave readers' hearts pounding."―School Library Journal

"A searing indictment... Bacigalupi, unafraid to name names, makes readers question the morality of everyday decisions... and recommends that all of us be cynics when it comes to megaconglomerates....Multi-award-winning Bacigalupi is becoming an indispensable voice in YA."―Booklist

"This is a gripping, unsettling read that will no doubt prompt further discussion long after the climactic, cinematic finale."―The Horn Book

"An exciting read... Bacigalupi has done an impressive job of placing the reader in the front seat."―VOYA

"The book's snappy pace, caper set-up, and sharp political perspective easily save the (novel's) day and will bring in readers of thoughtful high action."―The Bulletin

Product details

  • File Size: 3052 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I8289EQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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